Discover the Pacific on an Adventure Cruise with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic
These five Pacific Island travel expeditions create unique opportunities for travelers to delve into the natural and human history of one of the planet’s most inspiring regions. The expedition team is key to an in-depth experience. The team onboard the Orion includes an expedition leader, naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a certified NG photo instructor, an undersea specialist, two dive masters, a video chronicler and a wellness specialist. The staff to guest ratio of 3:5 means more activity choices to suit your interests.
Discover the seldom-seen wild islands and vibrant undersea of the South Pacific with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Go aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion to meet the people of the islands and learn about their ways of life.
Tales of the Pacific
With departures in May and August of 2018 sailing on the National Geographic Orion, Tales of the Pacific brings you to the farthest reaches of Oceania, visiting islands that are otherwise virtually inaccessible and untouched. This 20-day expedition sails from remote and enigmatic Easter Island to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands, and through the “low islands” of the Tuamotu Archipelago.
Epic Polynesia is a 16-day in-depth expedition which offers your guests the opportunity to discover the unique culture, diverse landscapes and undersea life of five different Pacific nations. Exploring French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna and Fiji, with two departure dates in May on the National Geographic Orion.
Beyond the Postcard
Beyond the Postcard ventures to the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness. Sailing among some of the 80 atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago, guests may choose to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, cycle, snorkel and dive. This active, 10-day expedition is offered in April, June, July and August and is well suited for families, couples and solo travelers.
Isles, Atolls & Pristine Corals
Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals spends three full days in the Southern Line Islands, which was identified as one of the healthiest reef systems in the world by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Enric Sala. The National Geographic Orion is equipped with full dive gear for 24 guests and two dive masters. Guests will have unparalleled dive opportunities on the atolls’ outer reefs, as well as the chance to zodiac through reef passes, snorkel over beds of giant clams, hike tropical forest trails and visit ancient Polynesian archaeological sites
Tahiti to the Marquesas
Azure Seas offers an in-depth exploration of the Marquesas, still one of the most remote and culturally unique island groups on earth. The National Geographic Orion sails from Papeete in June and August on this 17-day expedition. Guests will explore by land and sea, with visits to cultural sites including ancient stone sculptures and one of the largest tikis in Polynesia, remote waterfall hikes, and snorkeling or diving at Fakarava.